Richard A. Schuster JR, MAJOR, USAF Commander, 173 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Major Richard Schuster is the Commander, 173rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS), Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, Oregon. He commands a squadron of approximately 150 airmen responsible for aircraft repair, maintenance, sortie generation, and aircraft launch/recovery evolutions directly supporting the 173rd Fighter Wing’s mission of training all Active Duty and Air National Guard F-15C/D pilots.
Richard Schuster was born in Medford, OR and grew up in Southern Oregon and Northern California. After graduating in Mt. Shasta, he started his military service enlisting as an Avionics Technician in the United States Marine Corps in February 1992. He attended training in both NAS Memphis, TN and Camp Pendleton, CA. He performed multiple roles in the USMC including Avionics, Quality Assurance Representative, Safety Manager, COMSEC Manager and Avionics COM/NAV and wire bundle repair formal instructor at multiple locations including Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, 29 Palms CA, El Centro CA, MCAS Futenma Okinawa Japan, Osan Air Base and during a Naval Western-Pacific (WESTPAC) on the USS New Orleans serving in seven different host nations in the Western Pacific and Persian Gulf. He separated from Active Duty in 1999 and worked for the Department of the Navy as a civilian contractor in support of the NAS Fallon Search and Rescue unit, and the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC, Top Gun) high-altitude helicopter troop insertion/extraction and rescue operations. He enlisted in the Oregon Air National Guard (ORANG) at Kingsley Field in December 2004, serving as an enlisted federal technician, Active Guard Reservist (AGR) and Drill Status Guard Member (DSG) in multiple aircraft maintenance, operations and command post positions until the end of 2009. From late 2009 until late 2013, he was a civilian GSSO/Program Manager for the United States Air Force at Hill AFB while simultaneously serving as a Drill Status member with 173rd Fighter Wing- traveling back and forth between Utah and Oregon each month before returning to Kingsley Field full time in December of 2013. Before taking command of the 173 AMXS in June of 2020, he has served as the 173 Maintenance Operations Flight Commander, 173 Force Support Flight Commander, 173 Maintenance Group Deputy Commander, and the Aide-de-camp for the Oregon State Adjutant General (TAG).
1st Vice President
Dan and his wife Cathy have four children. Since moving to Klamath Falls in 2007, they have developed a love for downtown Klamath Falls and are active in the community and City Schools. He enjoys gardening, traveling, cooking, music, and family.
Beyond teaching in the classroom, he enjoys consulting, training, and instructional design projects for nonprofit, for-profit, and government organizations. His current research interests are in organizational culture, small business development, and public speaking pedagogy. He is also involved in campus-wide governance and service.
2nd Vice President
Jason is the owner and roastmaster of Gathering Grounds Roastery, a downtown cafe and coffee roaster/wholesaler; Co-Founder of Gaucho Collective, Klamath Falls’ only coworking office; Vice-President of the Klamath Falls Downtown Association Board of Directors, as well as an all around advocate for southern Oregon.
He graduated from Oregon Institute of Technology with a BS-MET degree. Jason and his wife Tahlia have lived in Klamath Falls only since the summer of 2014, but see great promise in what this town can become and want to be part of its imminent growth for years to come.
Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union
As a Lifelong resident of Klamath County, Wendy Rohrbacker serves as the Chief Experience Officer at Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union. Wendy began her career with Forest Products in 1983 as a file clerk while she was still in high school. Wendy then joined the staff full time and served as a teller, share draft processor, Visa administrator, new accounts representative, and teller supervisor. In 1999 Wendy became the IS Manager and in 2003 became the Human Resource Director.
Wendy’s role is to provide leadership in the human resources area from the hiring process to career development, and ensure compliance with state and federal employment regulations. Wendy is also responsible for the credit union’s facilities. Wendy has been involved in the Klamath and surrounding communities with Relay for Life, SMART, Junior Achievement, United Way and the Oregon Employer Council. Wendy has a Professional in Human Resource (PHR) designation from the HR Certification Institute. Wendy attended Western CUNA Management School, graduating with the Lambda Class in 2013. Wendy appreciates and enjoys serving our community, credit union members and contributing to the family atmosphere at Pacific Crest FCU.
Courtney is a second generation Real Estate Broker and has been licensed since 2013. Growing up in Klamath Falls and around real estate has given her a wide wealth of knowledge in regards to the area and in real estate.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Southern Oregon University in 2006 and her Master’s degree from Argosy University in 2010.
Both of these degrees have helped her make her Real Estate career a successful one and she is always striving to become more experienced and educated in her industry and her community.
Courtney lives in Klamath Falls and is a proud resident, involved in many community committees, volunteer positions and events. She feels that being committed to involvement in her community will help Klamath Falls vastly in all sectors. She loves to be outdoors and enjoys all of the activities in all seasons that Klamath County has to offer. She loves her job and helping dreams find a home.
Michelle is the Area Manager for Elwood Staffing, covering Medford, Klamath Falls and Roseburg. Her career with Elwood Staffing began in 2006 when it was HireCalling. As Area Manager with Elwood Staffing, Michelle gets to be apart of the growth and development of solid teams of professional staff who share the same passion for helping our communities. Elwood Staffing is family owned and operated, they are able to provide their clients and associates with corporate resources while maintaining the family culture. Michelle and her team are large enough to provide corporate resources, yet still maintain the family culture. It is the best of both worlds. Elwood Staffing is partner to both job seekers and companies, big and small. They are a resource to help our communities, by assisting companies in finding the talent they need. While helping job seekers find what they are looking for, whether it is their first job, or final career move.
Klamath Water Users Association
Paul Simmons is the Executive Director and Counsel for Klamath Water Users Association.
Paul has served as KWUA’s attorney for water and environmental issues for over 20 years. He is a founder of Somach, Simmons & Dunn, a 25-attorney water and environmental law firm with offices in Sacramento, Boulder, CO and Washington, DC.
He was raised in northwest Missouri, where his family produced corn and soybeans and livestock. After his graduation with honors from Cornell Law School, he worked for the Department of Agriculture in DC before moving west. As an attorney specializing in water rights and environmental issues, he has worked not only in the Klamath Basin but throughout California and in Nevada as well.
Paul assumed the role of Executive Director and Counsel in April of 2019. He remins an employee of his firm, but his work is singularly focused on KWUA business. Paul’s wife Michele is a former commercial real estate attorney whose passion for agriculture led her to become the director of an organization having the mission to conserve agricultural land permanently in their home county.
KWUA is a non-profit private corporation that has represented Klamath Reclamation Project farmers and ranchers in its current form since 1953. The Association’s membership includes rural and suburban irrigation districts, other public and private entities and individuals who operate on both sides of the California-Oregon border. These entities and individuals typically hold water delivery contracts with the United States Bureau of Reclamation. The Klamath Project is home to over 1200 family farms and ranches and encompasses over 170,000 acres. KWUA is governed by an 11-member board of directors who are appointed from Klamath Project member districts.
Southern Oregon Solutions
Biography coming soon!
Rocky Mountain Construction
Al was born and raised in Klamath Falls. He attended Klamath Union High School, after he graduated he attended Oregon Institute of Technology where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He then worked for Jefferson State Redi Mix, where he worked as a manager for 20 years. Al then moved to Knife River Corporation,
He retired from Knife River several years ago. He then went to work for Rocky Mountain Construction, where he is a part time sales manager.
He am on the Klamath County Economic Development Association Board and the board that is working on raising funds for the new Apprenticeship and Industrial Trades Center at the Klamath Country community college.
Gold Dust/Walker Bros.
William “Bill” W. Walker serves as president of J&W Walker Farms and Gold Dust Potato Processors, Inc. and partner of Walker Brothers in Malin, OR. Bill and his brother, John, started farming in 1972 with 100 acres. Over the past 48 years, their operation has grown to over 13,500 acres producing chipping potatoes, grain, and alfalfa hay. Together, J&W Walker Farms and Gold Dust Potato Processors support 80 full time employees with a goal to supply their customers with premium products through environmentally, socially and economically sustainable practices.
Bill is dedicated to the farming industry and leads by example that we are “stewards of the land.” He believes that every business owner, especially those in agricultural and natural resources industries, has an obligation to provide opportunities for better conditions in all aspects of life. He takes part in various programs that encourage and support conservation and clean energy, including the Walking Wetlands Program with the Fish and Wildlife Service and installing six solar power stations to provide a renewable energy source for the company’s packing shed, cellars, and fields.
Community service is very important to Bill. He is an active member of the Klamath Sale Committee which supports the sale of junior livestock animals at the Klamath County Fair. Bill and John work together to purchase animals at the Klamath County and the Tulelake Butte Valley Fair auctions. He determines the donations his business makes to various organizations including Make-A-Wish Oregon where he initiated donations upwards of $115,000 in the last few years. He also makes time to participate as a board member on the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce and Klamath Drainage District.
In his free time, Bill enjoys fishing, golfing, watching Portland Trailblazers games, and spending time with his three children, eight grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.
Born in a rural Illinois farming community, Scott Siracusa began his career in the decorative surfaces industry in 1990 at Aetna Plywood, starting out in the warehouse before transitioning over to sales. Siracusa was recruited by a surface solutions company in 1999, where he served as a manager overseeing the Western North American territory until joining Wilsonart in 2011.
He is now the General Manager of the Wilsonart, KML Thermally Fused Laminate (TFL) divisions, and the brand new Wilsonart facility in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Siracusa lives happily with his wife and their two dogs and can be found mountain biking, riding motorcycles, or snowboarding in his free time.
Herald & News
Joe Hudon is general manager and advertising director for the Herald and News. He worked in Klamath Falls from 2012-2014 before returning to the newspaper in 2020. Joe has served on numerous boards and committees during his career, including four chambers of commerce in Oregon and California.
He is a native of the Pacific Northwest, as is his wife Jamie, who also works locally. They both enjoy Klamath Falls, which was a key reason they chose to return when the opportunity presented itself. Both are eager to participate in community events when circumstances permit it. Joe is a proponent of fostering a strong local business environment and has helped many businesses through innovative marketing efforts. He enjoys bike riding, reading and spending time with his wife and two dogs, Lola (who was adopted in Klamath Falls) and Leona, another shelter dog.
Klamath Falls News
Born and raised in the Klamath Basin, Brian Gailey is proud to be a member of the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is the owner and operator of Gailey Company, LLC the parent company to Klamath Falls News, Klamath Sports Network and Brian Gailey Photography.
Brian is recognized locally for his spectacular photographs featured in local and regional media as well has his marketing acumen for helping local businesses.
For more than a decade, Brian has used his experience in photography and business to help others succeed. Now he melds news, sports and marketing with professional photography and video to grow his brands.
He began his tenure in journalism in 2007 with the Klamath Courier, Butte Valley Star and Pioneer Press family as a photojournalist. He captured the essence of the basin through his storytelling images.
Brian’s work has been featured locally, regionally and nationally by organizations such as: KDRV, KTVL, KOBI, Herald and News, The Oregonian, KATU, KOIN, NWCN, The Seattle Times and ABC World News.
Showcasing local people, happenings and places, while capturing our most celebrated moments, has driven Brian. “I am extremely proud to call the Klamath Basin home,” Brian said. “In this small community I am proud to work with many local businesses and organizations to improve what Klamath has to offer.”
Brian also holds a position on the Klamath County Fair Board. Brian remains active in the business community through a variety of community organizations.
Dan is President of Cal-Ore Telephone and Cal-Ore Communications. In this role, Dan is responsible for all company operations. Cal-Ore has been a trusted telecommunications provider for over 65 years to communities in and around the Basin and Northern California. Before joining the Cal-Ore team in 2013, Dan held senior leadership positions in Information Technology for a multi-national manufacturing company. Dan has more than 25 years of leadership experience, ranging from entrepreneurial to global business environments.
Dan was born in Klamath Falls and his family has conducted business in Northern California and Southern Oregon for generations. His Great Grandfather’s blacksmith shop from 1888 still stands in Lookout, CA.
Dan is actively involved with multiple community groups and initiatives. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Oregon Institute of Technology.
Klamath Orthopedic Clinic
Biography coming soon!
Caliber Home Loans
Jenine Stuedli is currently a Mortgage Loan Consultant for Caliber Home Loans. She can assist with VA, FHA, 1st Time Homebuyers, Conventional loans and refinances.
Jenine Stuedli has over 20 years of lending experience. Mrs. Stuedli received a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Business Administration from The University of Portland.
Mrs. Stuedli serves on the following boards: Co-Chair for Friends of the Children, United Way, Rotary Club and Rotary Scholarship Foundation, Hospital Authority Board, Klamath Gospel Mission, Chamber of Commerce and Ambassadors group, and a 2004 graduate of Leadership Klamath.
When Jenine is not in the office she enjoys spending time with her daughter Savanna and husband Andrew Stuedli, they enjoy outdoor activities such as; camping, rafting, boating on the lake and taking warm vacations!
Diamond Home Improvement
Biography coming soon!
Friends of the Children
In January 2018, Friends of the Children – Klamath Basin (a non-profit mentor program for youth) added Johanna Scholer as their Director of Development & Marketing (DDM). Prior to joining Friends of the Children, Johanna has 25+ years of business experience, most recently
as North America Customer Service Director with over 170 employees for a major manufacturing company. Johanna has extensive experience in project management and strongly believes in the power of positive relationships. Johanna is passionate about the value strong businesses bring to our Basin and the social impact they have, making our community better through philanthropy and the strengthening of our economy. Johanna has been a Chamber Ambassador since 2017, participates on the Blue Zones Engagement Committee, and is a Soroptimist Board Member as well. Johanna resides in Klamath Falls with her husband Scott and has two grown daughters as well as a couple of grandchildren.
Amcom Tax and Accounting, Inc.
Pam Greene is an Owner of Amcom Tax and Accounting and Shameless Resolution. Businesses that emphasize customer service and creating a better experience for clients. She is an Enrolled Agent and has been preparing taxes for 15 years as well as helping clients negotiate with the IRS. She is a farm wife and mother of two adult children. She loves the Klamath community and has been involved with the Klamath County 4-H program and the Klamath Chamber for many years.
Midland Empire Insurance
Austin was born and raised in Klamath Falls, where he graduated from Henley High School in 2009. Austin enjoyed basketball, academics, and being outdoors while growing up in the basin. After High School, Austin enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he dealt in Supply and Administration. During his time in the Marines, Austin was able to travel many places and meet people from all walks of life.
Although Camp Lejeune, North Carolina was home for most of the time, Austin also got to see Kuwait, Jordan, Spain, and Gibraltar on a deployment with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines in 2012. After the Marine Corps Austin bounced around the West Coast for a year before ending up in college in Bozeman, Montana, where he graduated in 4 years with a Bachelor of Science in Business from Montana State University. Austin moved back to Klamath Falls in 2018 and began working in the family business, Midland Empire Insurance Agency, which he and his brother bought on January 1, 2020. Austin and his dog Sloan spend their days selling insurance, hunting, and fishing – truly enjoying all the great opportunities the Klamath Basin has to offer.
Born and raised in Southern California, Katy attended Southern Oregon University and graduated with a BS in Economics. Katy spent 10 years in finance working in the mortgage industry when her husband’s job brought them to Klamath Falls. Katy founded KB Designs in 2017 teaching classes and sharing her love of crafting with Klamath. She started small, selling her handmade items at Keepers Corner, Hosanna and The Hanger Boutique. Her long time dream of having her own store became a reality when her good friend and now business partner, Leah Phillips, collaborated to start the Blonde Pineapple in 2019. She feels blessed to be part of the Klamath Falls community, where she lives with her husband and two children.
Klamath Chamber Staff
Heather joined the Chamber staff in August 2008 as the Marketing and Program Coordinator. Prior experience has provided an opportunity to build excellent communication, project management, and problem-solving skills. Most recently, Heather was appointed the
Executive Director of the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce in November, 2016.
She has a strong background in customer service, serving as a Customer Care training coordinator. In this capacity, Heather helped identify areas for improvement and then developed curriculum to provide solutions. She delivered the curriculum in classroom settings as well as online via webinars. Heather has also worked in law offices as a legal assistant. She believes the success of a community relies on its citizens and encourages people to get involved.
Marissa has been with the Chamber since November, 2018. Marissa provides customer service support to our visitors and to our members. She provides assistance at events, phone support, and she is an integral part of our office. Marissa is responsible for member outreach, as well, and continues to connect with Chamber members in a friendly, courteous manner.